Summary: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 Part 2 of a 2-part sermon. Paul’s deep concern for the Thessalonian Christians was foundational to his apostolic ministry. The undershepherd’s chief concern is evident thru...
THE UNDERSHEPHERD’S CHIEF CONCERN—1Thessalonians 2:17—3:13
Previously we have seen....
‘A Faith that Soothes the Soul’—1:1-10
‘A Ministry that Shepherds the Soul’—2:1-12
‘The Work of the Word’—2:13-16
Paul’s deep concern for the Thessalonian Christians was foundational to his apostolic ministry.
A deep concern for the well-being of the flock underlies an apostolic/undershepherd’s ministry.
How do the underlying concerns of the undershepherd ministry become obvious/evident?
5 occasions when the underlying concerns of the undershepherd’s ministry become evident.
The undershepherd’s chief concern is evident thru the....
1. BEREAVEMENT Experienced(:17-20)
2. PREOCCUPATION Experienced(3:1-5)
3—The undershepherd’s chief concern is evident thru
The RELIEF Experienced(3:6-8)
:6—“But now that Timothy has come to us from you, & brought us good news of your faith & love, & that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you-- ”
“Think Kindly/Good Remembrance”— mneian hmwn agayhn—Good memory/remembrance. —mneian—Remembrance, memory, mention.—agayhn—Of good constitution or nature; Useful, salutary; Good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy; Excellent, distinguished; Upright, honorable.
“Longing”—epipoyew—to long for, desire; To pursue with love, to long after; To lust, harbor forbidden desire.
:7—“therefore, brethren, in all our affliction & distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith.”
“Distress”—anagkh—Necessity, imposed either by the circumstances, or by law of duty regarding to one’s advantage, custom, argument; Calamity, distress, straits.
“Comforted”—?????????—To call to one’s side, call for, summon; To address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.
—Translated —“Encouraged” in :2.
:8—“For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.”
“Live”—???—To live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead); To enjoy real life; To live i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living & acting; living water, having vital power in itself & exerting the same upon the soul; Metaph. to be in full vigour & thus....to be fresh, strong, efficient, active, powerful, efficacious.
“Stand firm/Fast”—?????—to stand firm; To persevere, to persist; To keep one’s standing.
2Cor. 11:24-29—“Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night & a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor & hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger & thirst, often without food, in cold & exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure upon me of concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?”